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China Praises UK Internet Censorship Plan 355

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-know-you're-on-the-wrong-side-when dept.
mormop writes "The Chinese government has praised UK Prime Minister David Cameron's plan for censoring social networking sites at times when the government feels threatened, believing it legitimizes China own behavior. Quoting Chinese state media website Global Times: 'Britain's new attitude will help appease the quarrels between East and West over the future management of the Internet. As for China, advocates of an unlimited development of the Internet should think twice about their original ideas.'"
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China Praises UK Internet Censorship Plan

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  • Hyperbole (Score:5, Informative)

    by cappp (1822388) on Tuesday August 16, 2011 @01:27AM (#37103856)
    The Chinese seem to be enjoying the fine tradition of internet hyperbole moreso than usual. The PM did not in fact suggest there was any plan to shut off social media whatsoever. What he did say was [zeropaid.com]

    Mr. Speaker, everyone watching these horrific actions will be stuck- will be struck by how they were organized via social media. Free flow of information can be used for good, but it can also be used for ill. So we are working with the police, the intelligence services, and industry to look at whether it would be right to stop people from communicating via these websites and services when we know they are plotting violence, disorder and criminality.”

    Notice the important qualifiers there. They're looking at whether it would be right. They're also specifically considering those communications used to support violence, disorder, or criminal behavior.

    We can, and should, debate the legitimacy of what is being considered but the conversation is underminded when we allow ourselves the thrill of shrill, non-factual, accusations.

  • by ciderbrew (1860166) on Tuesday August 16, 2011 @03:53AM (#37104538)
    Some of you may not have seen this. It's just a bit of fun.
    But too true.
    http://nathanieltapley.com/2011/08/10/an-open-letter-to-david-camerons-parents/ [nathanieltapley.com]
  • by wcoenen (1274706) <wcoenen@gmail.com> on Tuesday August 16, 2011 @06:14AM (#37105226)
    The original article [ftchinese.com] is an opinion piece. It ends with a little editor's note that it represents the author's point of view only. That's not the same as the Chinese government congratulating their new UK comrad.

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